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1 Agreement: Singular Subjects with Plural Forms and Plural Subjects with Singular Forms Mini-Lesson #14FROM THE UWF WRITING LAB101 GRAMMAR MINI-LESSONS SERIES
2 Important Information! Some nouns—especially those ending in -s —although plural in form, are singular in number and in meaning: news, measles, mumps, calculus, rickets, billiards, molasses, dizziness, and other –ness ending nouns. These nouns require singular verb forms.EXAMPLE: No news is good news.
3 A Bit More InfoCertain words ending in -ics are singular when they refer to principles, a system, or a field of study. In these instances, the noun takes a plural verb. However, when these nouns refer to individual practice or application or activities, they generally take a plural verb: statistics, physics, mathematics, electronics, economics, politics, aerodynamics, mechanics, calisthenics, etc.SINGULAR: Statistics is a required course for doctoral students.PLURAL: The statistics on child abuse are alarming.
4 Examples! Statistics is not my favorite subject. (In this sentence, statistics indicates a field of study.)BUT:Statistics show that divorce is a common practice in our society.(In this sentence, statistics is plural—multiple data about divorce.)
5 More Examples!Certain nouns with plural forms and no singular counterpart are nearly always used with plural verbs: riches, grits, eyeglasses, manners, wages, pliers, whereabouts, jeans, binoculars, tweezers, people, scissors, tidings, trousers, minutes, tights, clothes.EXAMPLE:The scissors are lying on the table.Membership dues are $ a year.
6 Let’s Practice!Mathematics (does/do) not interest me at all; I enjoy studying foreign languages.Measles (is/are) a childhood disease.The molasses (tastes/taste) delicious on the pancakes, but the grits (is/are) crunchy.My jeans (isn’t/aren’t) dry, so I guess I will wear shorts.
7 Let’s Practice!Mathematics does not interest me at all; I enjoy studying foreign languages.Measles is a childhood disease.The molasses taste delicious on the pancakes, but the grits are crunchy.My jeans aren’t dry, so I guess I will wear shorts.